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"There Are Some Things In The Universe That We Can't Understand"
  • R
  • 1998
  • 1 hr 38 min
  • 4.8  (1,712)

In the mysterious and thrilling science fiction drama film "Progeny" from 1998, directed by Brian Yuzna, a couple's lives are turned upside down when they become entangled in a dark and enigmatic world of alien abduction and government conspiracy. The film introduces us to Craig (Arnold Vosloo) and Sherry Burton (Jillian McWhirter), a loving and happily married couple residing in a small town in Arizona. Craig is a successful engineer working for a defense contractor, while Sherry leads a fulfilled life as a housewife. However, their seemingly ideal existence takes an unexpected turn when Sherry begins experiencing strange and disturbing nightmares.

Unnerved by her vivid and disconcerting dreams, Sherry confides in her friend Melissa (Lindsay Crouse), who suspects that these nightmares may be connected to previous events. As Sherry delves deeper into her subconscious, she uncovers fragmented memories of a traumatic and unexplained encounter from her childhood. Convinced that her dreams hold a significant meaning, Sherry becomes consumed by the need for answers and starts obsessively researching alien abductions.

Craig, initially skeptical of Sherry's claims, slowly witnesses her mental and emotional deterioration. Feeling helpless, he reluctantly begins to investigate the possibility of extraterrestrial interference in their lives. Tensions rise within their relationship as Craig becomes entangled in a web of secrets and a clandestine government conspiracy surrounding alien abductions.

As the couple delves deeper into their investigation, they cross paths with a peculiar psychiatrist, Dr. Bert Clavell (Brad Dourif). Driven by his own self-interest and an eerie affinity for alien abduction cases, Clavell aids the Burtons in their quest for the truth. However, his motives and loyalties remain ambiguous, casting an ominous shadow over their journey.

With every piece of information they uncover, the Burtons' world becomes increasingly fraught with paranoia and uncertainty. As their investigation leads them to a mysterious research facility, they encounter a group of individuals who claim to have experienced abductions similar to Sherry's. Together, they attempt to untangle the truth from a web of lies and secrecy carefully crafted by those in power.

Throughout the film, "Progeny" skillfully balances suspense and psychological drama, crafting an atmosphere of constant tension and a looming sense of dread. Arnold Vosloo delivers a compelling performance as a husband caught between his love for his wife and the overwhelming burden of unexplained events. Jillian McWhirter brings depth and vulnerability to her role, embodying Sherry's relentless pursuit of answers.

The cinematography and visual effects in "Progeny" effectively enhance the film's eerie atmosphere. The film explores themes of paranoia, identity, and the boundaries of reality, inviting the audience to question the nature of human existence and the role of extraterrestrial forces in our lives.

"Progeny" is a unique and thought-provoking film that combines elements of psychological thriller, science fiction, and conspiracy drama. As the truth unfolds, the Burtons find themselves torn between disbelief and a sinister reality that forces them to confront their deepest fears.

While "Progeny" may not have achieved mainstream success upon its release, it remains a hidden gem for fans of atmospheric and intellectually engaging science fiction. It offers an intriguing and suspenseful exploration of the human psyche, leaving the audience questioning the boundaries of reality and the existence of otherworldly forces.

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    4.8  (1,712)